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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:58 pm    Post subject: FM's 2016 Mock Reply with quote

Ok, so after starting this and scrapping it probably half a dozen times, I decided to just go for it and use scouting reports/positional need for some guys I don't know.

This is more about what I think the Ravens would do moreso than what I think should happen.

So, enough of that, let's get to it.

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Top 5 picks: Ramsey, Goff, Tunsil, Bosa, Jack.

Ravens trade #6 (1600pts) to PHI for #8 (1400pts), #77 (205pts)

Reasoning: Philly decides to pull the trigger to come up and grab Wentz just as he's falling towards SF. Wentz is still a bit of a project QB so they figure he can sit a year behind Sam and worst case, they have a QB competition in 2017.

1.8: Ravens select Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

Reasoning: With Buckner sitting at #6, the Ravens had his name written on the card. However, due to DL being a bit lower of a need, they decided to field calls until the last minute. They were content with taking him at #6 and were not going to pass unless a solid deal came in. Philly decided to offer their high 3rd along for dropping 2 spots and the Ravens, liking the value of the 2nd-3rd round guys, agreed, hoping to still land Buckner at 8. Unfortunately, Tampa Bay swapped with SF and stole him from the Ravens. The Ravens go with the smaller, but technically savvy Gator to come in and immediately be the slot CB and compete to play opposite Jimmy.

2.36: Ravens select Noah Spence, OLB, Eastern Kentucky

Reasoning: The Ravens liked the way the board was falling and saw value at both WR and OLB on the board. They had a choice to make between Spence and Ogbah but in the end they trusted their interviews with him. Spence could do a bit better job against the run but he's a solid OLB who can step in day 1 as a rush specialist if needed.

3.70: Ravens select La'Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech


Reasoning: He has the size you can't teach at 6'5 315. He needs some technique refinement in order to stick at LT but he does a fair job at pass protection as it is. Run blocking is where he could use some work. Luckily, with Monroe still on the roster, Clark can redshirt for as long as Monroe is healthy (so about 4 weeks give or take) and look to step in once he's been groomed a bit. Another plus is that Clark also has experience at OG in case the OT dream doesn't work out.

3.77 (f/ PHI): Ravens select Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina


Reasoning: The Ravens bring in a jack of all trades guy in Cooper. If we've learned anything it's that Joe loves WRs who he can count on to get open consistently (Mason, Boldin, Smith). Cooper can jump in and be a better, healthier Michael Campanaro to work the slot.

4.104: Ravens select Dominique Alexander, ILB, Oklahoma

Reasoning: Basically a poor man's Myles Jack, Alexander is an undersized LB who while is not your best guy against the run, he can hang in pass protection very well. The Ravens love him as a nickel LB who can help cover TEs and slot receivers.

** Ravens trade 4.130 and 6.182 to BUF for 4.117 **

4.117: Ravens select Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State


Reasoning: A talented kid who had a rough year, the Ravens see a guy slipping that can be a long-term backup for Joe with the potential of growing beyond. They are not sold on Ryan Mallett being that guy and so they bring in the young gun to compete in camp for the #2 position.

4.132: Ravens select Tyler Ervin, RB, San Jose State


Reasoning: Smaller stature RB, Ervin relies on his athleticism and ability to quickly read blocks to gain his yardage. He has plus speed which could help him be a change of pace back for the Ravens and offer potentially some return ability.

4.134: Ravens select Scooby Wright, LB, Arizona


Reasoning: Wright's injury forces him to slip a bit but the Ravens grab a guy that can be a great special teamer and is a better football player than he is athlete.

6.209: Ravens select Joe Dahl, OG, Washington State


Reasoning: LG depth. Not a mauler but great knee bender.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes please. That would be a great outcome for the Ravens... if you like Hargreaves at least. Laughing I do, so sign me up.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would be very pleased. The knock is, it is almost too ideal + Le'Raven Clark is a REALLY BIG IF, but the potential is there and Castillo loves that.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some of the picks are obviously optimistic in terms of where they fall but I tried to be as realistic as I could and based the area of the picks on several mock drafts in the Mock Draft section and on projected rounds on scouting reports.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like it for the most part.

Two things though...

1. Hackenberg would probably be available without trading up in the 4th

2. if we double dip, I'd think it would be at CB rather than ILB

La'Raven Clark is the key to this class...if he hits, this is a really, really good draft.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love just about every pick. Starting to think Spence in the second is a legit possibility.

Big Le'Raven Clark fan as well. Perfect 3rd rounder developmental guy with our situation with Monroe.

Only one I don't like is Hackenberg. I don't necessarily like QB that high. They've mentioned having to hit on their 4th rounders and I think theyll go for position(s) of need in those rounds with the chance of "getting lucky" which is what DeCosta has referred to.
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